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Losers of the week in Florida politics

No winners this week.

Losers of the week

Rick Scott. The governor vetoed a bill that would help children of illegal immigrants who received legal status under an Obama administration policy get driver's licenses. The bill got support from all but two lawmakers. Scott seemed to be trying to appease conservatives but he stirred fierce reaction among Hispanics and underscored the GOP's problems broadening its base. As Republican strategist Ana Navarro asked on Twitter, "Jeeze, Rick. Was this necessary?"

Darryl Rouson. The Democratic state rep from St. Petersburg was in the news for not paying three years of taxes on a Tallahassee townhome (he paid up after the story) and there were questions about a budget earmark that, had Scott not vetoed it, would have benefited a group overseen by Rouson's wife.

[Last modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 8:17pm]


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